As stated above I had an out of body experience where I noticed doctors and nurses issuing orders all around me trying to revive me I remember floating above the table and watching what was going on and noticing the lights. I went through a dark tunnel and felt that I was carrying a weight on my back like a haversack. I felt there were people beside me but I could not recognize anybody even though I saw the shape of people. I felt that the tunnel was a long walk. There was a pin point of light at the end of the tunnel. I came outside the tunnel and noticed somebody standing beside me with a covering over the head and I was looking at fields of bright colorful flowers and felt that a massive weight had gone from my shoulders. It was extremely peaceful and I felt that I did not want to go back. The colors were extremely bright and beautiful. This other person told me that I had a son and it was not my turn yet. I tried to argue as I felt I did not want to leave but I had no choice, every time he said I had to go back I felt that I was drifting back through the tunnel. I woke up about a week later in intensive care.
Date NDE Occurred: 4/25/1980
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-relatedChildbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I had to undergo a cesarean section in which my heart stopped on the table and I also vomited which stopped my lungs from functioning. I was paralyzed by the doctors and given electric shock to bring me back. I was clinically dead for approximately three minutes. On two occasions during all of this I was also given the last rites by a priest and family was notified I was not going to make it.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal I was aware I was floating out of my body and was not scared at all and felt peaceful. Also during the walk through the tunnel I noticed I felt a weight on my back and the beautiful colors.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating above the table and through the whole event I felt that I was aware of everything happening.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I felt it took me a lot longer to go through the tunnel and felt that I was there for a lot longer than I was.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? The colors of the flowers and fields.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Walking through a dark tunnel carrying a weight of some sort and noticing a pin prick of light at the end of the tunnel - it did not take me long to get there - and it opened up like a massive drain pipe, which is the best way to describe it.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes When I came outside of the tunnel somebody was waiting there with a hood of some sort over the face like a cowl, which is the best way to describe it, no I did not know them. I was told I had a son and that it was not my turn and I had to go back. Even though I tried to argue it did no good.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes When I was inside the tunnel I walked towards the light as above.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm all i saw was the beautiful colourful flowers and fields of varying colours and the person i spoke with
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, floating, colors, and a sense of happiness and wonder and not wanting to go back to this life.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not to be scared of death. Not to believe in one religion as we ultimately believe mostly of the same like Catholics and Church of England etc. The colors of nature and I feel what we do on this earth is we are being tested and have the right to choose right and wrong it is our decision.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only a few friends and I felt that they did not believe but I wanted them to know not to be scared of death.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. It took me a few weeks to come to my senses and to understand what had actually happened to me. One of the doctors was asking me what it was like and what I felt and gave me a bunch of flowers after I had woke up. I was put in a ward and I was on some sort of medication for a short while after to help clear the lungs etc.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I was told I had a son and it was not my turn to die. As of yet the colors and the sense of peace that I had it is not something that could be made up from drugs during the operation. I have often felt and wondered and think about it from time to time when a friend dies and wonder if they are going through the same thing that I did.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No